Innovate NYC, a new program of the Swearer Center for Public Service and CareerLAB, provides opportunities for students to work on an engaging project for 2 weeks during winter break with a New York-based social enterprise or nonprofit organization. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with innovative social change organizations and companies as well as build concrete professional skills through the completion of a tangible project.
Participating organizations include:
- Kinvolved - founded by Miriam Altman '08, Kinvolved is a tech and education start-up working to raise low attendance rates in public schools.
- Exo - founded by Greg Sewitz '13 and Gabi Lewis '13, Exo is pioneering the consumption of insects as a healthy, sustainable, ethical and inexpensive alternative protein source.
- Eye to Eye - founded by Brown alum David Flink, Eye to Eye is a social enterprise that aims to create a world in which people with learning disabilities are fully accepted, valued, and respected.
- Runa - founded by Tyler Gage '08.5 and Dan MacCombie '08.5, Runa is a social enterprise founded to empower farmers in the Amazon through the use of an indigenous plant, guayusa, which makes healthy, naturally-caffeinated tea.
- She's the First - sponsors girls' education in developing nations, giving them the chance to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school.
- Dosomething.org - DoSomething.org spearheads national campaigns so 13- to 25-year-olds can make an impact through social change.
More information on organizations and projects - as well as a link to the application (due November 13) - can be found at brown.edu/go/innovatenyc.